State jobless rate hits record low, county is stable

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Harrison County's unemployment rate at 4.3 and Hancock's at 4.7 in November were lower than the state average and Jackson County's rate of 5.2 percent was slightly higher.

Idahos monthly nonfarm payroll employment gained 900 jobs in November following a revised increase of 4,700 jobs in October.

The rates in five of Dubois County's neighboring counties - Crawford, Orange, Pike, Spencer and Warrick - rose in November while the rates in Daviess, Martin and Perry counties remained unchanged.

National labor force numbers: UNITED STATES 160,529,000 in the work force; 153,918,000 working; 6,610,000 unemployed; 4.1% for November, the same as 4.1% for October.

In southeastern Indiana Decatur County had the lowest rate at 2.6 percent, OH and Rush Counties are second at 3.1 percent.

The jobless rate was significantly lower than November 2016, when it was 4.8 percent. This has allowed Moody's Investors Service to upgrade the state's credit rating, as the stable outlook reflects the expectation that the state will experience moderate economic growth and will continue it's prudent fiscal management practices.

"Continued momentum in Idahos labor market throughout 2017 pushed the states labor force up 15,270 (1.9 percent), total employed up by 21,295 (2.7 percent), while the number of unemployed persons dropped by 6,025 (20 percent) from November 2016", the report states. "Fast rates of job growth are largely behind us as Deschutes County's job expansion matures".

"While unemployment rates remain near historically low levels in many counties, there are still areas that need our assistance", Phillips said. Manufacturing is one of the major employment sectors in the county.

The states labor force increased by 7,227 (just under 1 percent) from October to 835,890. Losses were partially offset by a gain in the Construction (4,900) sector.

Cheryl A. Mayforth, director of the Jefferson County Department of Employment & Training at the WorkPlace, said the unemployment rate typically rises in November because seasonal businesses close up for the winter, but a lack of holiday hiring from retailers and other private services, the second largest employment category in the county, this year pushed the rate even higher.

Crawford: 4.2 percent, up from 4.0 percent.

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